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Gulf Of Alaska Cod Are Disappearing. Blame ‘The Blob’

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Fisherman Darius Kasprzak searches for cod in the Gulf of Alaska. The cod population there is at its lowest level on record.

The cod population in the Gulf of Alaska is at its lowest level on record. Scientists say the culprit is a warm-water mass known as “the blob.”

(Image credit: Annie Feidt for NPR)

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San Francisco Is Poised To Ban Plastic Straws. That’s Got Bubble Tea Shops Worried

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Bubble tea, or boba, features large tapioca balls at the bottom meant to be sucked up through a plastic straw. Vendors say paper straws don

Over 200 city shops sell the drink, also known as boba tea, which features large tapioca balls meant to be sucked through a straw. Boba shops say paper straws are much pricier and don’t work as well.

(Image credit: Samantha Shanahan/KQED)

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Some Amazon Reviews Are Too Good To Be Believed. They’re Paid For

Monday, July 30th, 2018

In shadow marketplaces, positive reviews for Amazon products are bought and sold. The company says it

In shadow marketplaces, positive reviews for Amazon products are bought and sold. The company says it’s cracking down and that it estimates that less than 1 percent of reviews are fake.

(Image credit: Mike Segar/Reuters)

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The Myth Of The Self-Made Millennial

Monday, July 30th, 2018

A couple news stories about millennials and money have gone viral in recent weeks. NPR’s Michel Martin talks with Jia Tolentino of The New Yorker about “millennial financial resentment.”

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Nostalgia, National Security Drives Trump’s Economic Policies

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Do President Trump’s trade policies and tariffs amount to picking the economy’s winners and losers? The Wall Street Journal‘s Greg Ip joins NPR’s Michel Martin to put the trade deals in perspective.

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